The Toronto Wine Elitist Cabal, along with 2 guests, got together for our last dinner of the year (and possibly last dinner at a restaurant for some time). The place was Veloute Restaurant and Bistro and the food and service were both excellent. Tran will be along to post food porn and additional thoughts.
2008 Charles Orban Millesime
delightful and different aromatics of cupcake and citrus. Persistent. Equally beguiling palate which is smooth and crisp at the same time. Lemon and just a little mineral and salt. Really understatedly good
Laurent Perrier BdB Brut Natur
Quiet nose, some toast, unripe yellow apple. And yes, there is a cheesy note, just a sprinkle/ This sure is a different breed of LP. Super-sharp and incisive. Minerally for sure. My taste still prefers the silkiness of the Grand Siecle, but this has some attraction too.
Debbie brings a blind white. Some oak still, but just a nuance. Nice tropical-tending fruit. Palate has some sneaky length with light, tropical and marzipan with a salty side. It reminds me of pecorino. Wow—super-neat. 2009 Haut-Bergey Blanc. I don’t think I even knew that they made a white! There is an oiliness on the feel. This is showing really well and holds up through the night, becoming quite perfumed and floral on the nose later.
2018 Georges Vernay Condrieu La Grange aux Serpents
I wanted to bring a touchpoint for the grape. Very solid. If you want Viognier, this is it. Lilacs and pit fruit and honeycomb. Replays, it is thick, even for him, but it does have some precision, cut and depth. Still it’s somewhat big and just a little heat. Guessed 14 and right on the money. I think I’ve decided that Viognier is not my taste wheelhouse but this is a definite reference point
2012 Ridge Geyserville Zin
Smells like Ridge I’ve had. Blackberry and chocolate and plum and earth.
That’s super—I’m surprised but I think it’s in the heart of the drinking window. A tiny touch of soy around the edges, bit of meat but also a lot of tart small-berry fruit. Seamless match with Tran’s lamb. Remarkably, WOTN and probably pushes a 92 score from me. It’s very expressive.
2010 Albert Mann Altenbourg SGN
Smell and taste of apricots and ripe star fruit. Very long and a kind of hickory smoke hint at the back which is fascinating. Multifaceted in flavours, maybe a bit monodimensional in texture, but no lack of focus. Naturally a splendid match with creme brulee